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Head of Technical Services - Building Services / Maintenance

£50,132 - £58,089

UK / South East

Estates & Facilities Management



Michael Hewlett
020 8892 0115

Michael joined MRG in early 2008 to launch a public sector division specialising within Estates and Facilities Management. He personally delivers Senior Management / Director level campaigns across all aspects of Operational FM including Campus Services, Maintenance & Engineering, Sustainabil


Job Description

REF: 14137
Posted: 08 November 2018
Closes: 06 January 2019

Established in 1965, the University of Kent – the UK’s European university – now has almost 20,000 students across campuses or study centres at Canterbury, Medway, Tonbridge, Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome.

A consistent strong performer in the league tables, in 2017 it was awarded a gold rating, the highest, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2015-16, Kent was in the top 10% of the world’s leading universities for international outlook and 66th in its table of the most international universities in the world. The THE also ranked the University as 20th in its ‘Table of Tables’ 2016.

The Estates Department, with some 300 staff and an annual revenue budget of £26.8 million, is one of the largest Professional Services Departments in the University. It is responsible for the maintenance of c. 100 buildings spanning both the academic and residential portfolio across our Canterbury and Medway campuses.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Estates (Maintenance & Technical Services), you will be responsible for the management and delivery of the university’s technical services and maintenance, working across mechanical and electrical services, building fabric and infrastructure. The post holder will strategically plan and deliver technical services in order to meet the growing needs of the university. You will lead the Technical Services team and provide expert consultancy to the Estates Department. You will also take full responsibility for compliance across the estates function.

The successful candidate will have delivered technical services across a similar, high-footfall, public sector estates portfolio. You will hold recognised mechanical or electrical qualifications and membership of a relevant professional body (e.g. CIBSE). Strong leadership skills are essential in order to effectively manage the Technical Services team, and ensure the highest standards of services are delivered.

To arrange a confidential discussion and/or to request the full briefing particulars, please contact our retained advisors Michael Hewlett ( or Robbie Hodder ( on 020 8892 0115 of the Management Recruitment Group.

The Management Recruitment Group have been exclusively engaged for this assignment and all direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to them.

Head of Technical Services - University of Kent